Bike marathon draws in cash

Martin McLindon Presentation
Martin McLindon Presentation

A CARFIN man has been getting on his bike for charity.

Martin McLindon presented cheques to two charities last week after completing a cycle from Edinburgh Castle to Buckingham Palace - and he will head off on the route again later this month.

The big-hearted businessman, who owns New Town Skip Hire in Motherwell, was joined by a group of mates for the run last year.

And they raised £4,000 for the Catherine McEwan Foundation, which works with youngsters with Crohn’s Disease, and £4,000 to help those with Goldenhar Syndrome, a rare birth defect which causes bone abnormalities.

This time around, Martin will again be joined by Wilson Kane of Larkhall, with the pair setting off from Edinburgh on Friday, July 22, and hoping to arrive in London just a few days later.

They will be raising money for the Red Star Athletics Club, which is run for adults and children with disabilities.

It is a cause close to Martin’s heart, as his son, Connaire (11), who has a brain condition, is a member.

The Our Lady and St Francis Primary School pupil scooped two gold medals at the Scottish Disability Athletics Championships recently, and Martin is full of praise for the work the group does.

He said: “The club is a breath of fresh air, it’s amazing and has given Connaire so much confidence. And it’s good to meet up with people with the same experiences as you.”

Anyone wishing to contribute to Martin’s fundraising efforts can call 01698 250007 for details.